#4 Lakota - Canvas Tent Platform Along the Creek
This is a family private owned small campground (16 sites only) located on the outskirts of Placerville. The property features 86.5 secluded Tahoe like acres with beautiful year-round Weber Creek. The camp sites are placed along the creek or the bluff overlooking the creek.We have traditional dirt camping, platforms with canvas tents and glamping tents for those that want the comforts of home.Our hallmark is our family teepee!We are all about tent camping – we do not allow travel trailers, campers or van camping.
Now that we have a season under our belts we’ve been told that we have a “family camp” vibe.We are a great place for families wanting a safe environment for their kids but also several group sites for those that want to hang out together.We are also a great base site for those wilderness enthusiasts with access to all the El Dorado National Forest including Desolation but want a hot shower at the end of the day.Tahoe is less than an hour away.We are dog friendly and love our pets but absolutely enforce leash laws to protect your pet as well as the other campers.Due to the nature of our mixed audience camp we also enforce our quiet period from 10 pm to 7 AM.
We have a lodge that is stocked with game tables and every game imaginable along with a ping pong table.The lodge has a Keurig machine and a hot water kettle for those hot drinks (BYO Cups).We have several tables set up for those that want to eat inside as well as multiple picnic tables along the side of the lodge with overhead protection.We’ve been told that our bathrooms are the “cleanest” ever and have changing tables and diaper pails.The showers are nice and cleaned daily.
For outdoor activities we have basketball, volley ball and cornhole not to mention the playground with swing sets, seesaw and tractor play.We also have many outdoor games for meadow play including a tug-a-war rope, gunny sacks, baseballs, gloves and a soccer net.We have hiking trails throughout the property.Our highlight is a camp fire bowl with bench seating with a stage to display camper talent which is perfect for the evening fire and roasting s’mores.We treat our guests to s’mores each Saturday and Tuesday nights!The common area has BBQs – both propane and charcoal as well as a cooking griddle (we also adding a campfire pit in the campfire bowl area for charcoal dutch oven cooking).We are in the wilderness so we have a cool room to store all food at night – yes bears live in the wilderness.
The Creek starts out in the spring looking like a rushing river featuring lots of swimming holes and fishing.However, as the summer evolves it is more of a small creek even though we do dam a portion of it (goes up memorial day weekend and down after labor day) for those that want to use the floating devices we provide (starts out 6 feet and ends up closer to 3 feet).We do not allow individual campfires but have propane fire pits at our sites sites for ambience – not cooking (glamping sites we provide one propane tank – propane available on site for purchase).
We are located in the foothills so we are a short hop to many local attractions that include river rafting, gold mines, wineries and historic towns with great eating establishments. There’s always something happened in downtown Placerville.To make things nicer for our guests we have the ability to rent a limited number of tents, cots, individual propane fire pits, BBQs, etc. - anything to make it easier for our campers.Come give our location a try – we think you’ll enjoy yourselves.
This site has a brand new 10x12 tent and features openings on both ends with mosquito netting and also a window overlooking the creek. The tent features 2 individual cots and bunk bed cots. This particular site has easy access located directly across the bridge from the lodge and restrooms. There is space to pitch a small tent next to the canvas tent platform if there is more than 4 people in your party.
Please note we adhere to a three day minimum of Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day!
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 9 months out Weeknight discount: 30% off
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at #4 Canvas Tent Creekside
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Camp hosts Greg and Laurie are awesome and there are many things at Camp Nauvoo that make this a worthwhile trip.
Camping along the creek provides a number of different tent sites along the creek and a few tucked in other locations on the property. The property itself is very large and is arranged according to its previous use, which was that of a boy scouts camp. That being said, the amenities are great, as there are full bathrooms and shower rooms, plus the main lodge with some creature comforts like ping pong, board games.
Camp Nauvoo is located just on the outskirts of Placerville, which has all the necessities one would need, along with some good eats to boot. Once leaving the town you travel a few miles down a winding road and another mile-plus down a one-lane ravine road into camp. The drive itself sets the tone and upon entering camp you will cross a bridge see the basketball/volleyball and the meadow beyond.
While there are not fire rings at every site (fire hazards are a real thing up in this neck of the woods) but there is a communal fire pit with plenty of firewood and seating. It's a pretty nice central area to take a walk to and have a fire for a bit. Aside from the fire pit, there is a long seasonal creek that runs through the property and can be explored and played in at one's own risk. We had a fun time playing in the creek on a hot day!
Unfortunately, we didn't have time to explore the trail that circles a large portion of the property and spans 2 miles but there is always next time!
Camp Nuavoo was a lovely getaway for Memorial Day Weekend. Each campsite had plenty of space, and where we stayed in Site #11 had the perfect amount of privacy. There are lots of amenities here, while still being close to nature. Note that there is one group campfire site and you can't have fires elsewhere. Cooking is done on the provided grills, not by the campfire. This is a perfect retreat for your small or large group!
Camp Nauvoo was an awesome location for a relaxing weekend of camping - lots of amenities (shower, outlets, kitchen sink to wash dishes etc), creek to cool off in, a secluded camp site for privacy and amazing/accommodating hosts, Greg and Laurie.
My friends and I spent our weekend swimming, tanning, cooking, enjoying the swing sets & playing boards/card games available to us in the communal cabin. I definitely plan on returning but next time I'll make sure to bring more citronella candles + bug spray because the heat definitely brings out the bugs !
We had an amazing time staying at Camp Nauvoo. All the amenities and lots of activities made it a place that felt vibrant. Almost like a summer camp! We stayed pretty low key though and enjoyed time alone by the creek, and on the hiking trail. Greg was around quite a bit to make sure everyone had what they needed.
Even though there were a few families and larger groups camping around, everyone was super respectful and things got really quiet at night. This is a great place for families with kids, but also really a great place for smaller groups or couples as well.
There are a bunch of sites with varying closeness to the lodge (action), but even our site which was really close to the lodge still felt really private.
Bonus, the camp is really close to some other great hiking trails and swimming holes! Ask Greg about them. He lead us to an AMAZING place that we would have never known about otherwise. Life-changing.
I stayed at Camp Nauvoo with my boyfriend and pup for the weekend and we had an AMAZING experience. Greg was great. Extremely accommodating. He even let us move into a different location that was more secluded. The camp is surrounded by trees and the creek was a great place to cool down during the day. The facilities are also in great condition. We will definitely come back and highly recommend it.